Susan Philipsz @ Theseus Temple, Vienna

The sound installation “War Damaged Musical Instruments (Pair)”, 2015 by Susan Phillipsz is currently on view at the Theseus Temple the contemporary art location organised by the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna. Listening to the short video on the website of the Kunsthistorische I feel drawn back to the Berlin Biennale 2004 where Phillips showed a similar work on an old Garnisonen Cemetry curated by Marizio Cattelan and Ali Subbotnick back then. The installation in Vienna has been curated by Jasper Sharp, curator of the last Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biannial in 2013.

From what I associate with the sound, the horns used for the installation have from an historical background been used in early days at the cemetery when important people were buried so they could make themselves heard in case the would wake up in their graves. Let’s hope that the installation by Susan Phillipsz has a more light-hearted approach this time. Here the link for the installation currently on view in Vienna: http://www.khm.at/besuchen/ausstellungen/susan-philipsz

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“War Damaged Musical Instruments (Pair)”, 2015 by Susan Phillipsz

 29. April 2015 bis 4. Oktober 2015

Theseustempel
Volksgarten, 1010 Wien

Öffnungszeiten
April bis Oktober
während der Ausstellungen
täglich 11 – 18 Uhr

Öffnungszeiten Volksgarten
1.4 bis 31.10.2012, 6 – 22 Uhr

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Michael Schuster im Landtag Graz, Landhaushof Passage towards Herrengasse, Graz (AUT)

Michael Schuster in der Landhaushof Passage

Michael Schuster in der Landhaushof Passage, May 2015  

“The mirror that shows what you’re lacking” is one of the largest interface art works I have seen so far.

Austrian new media artist Michael Schuster and his studio have created a new interactive device, which passer-bys and people from and around Graz can interact with.
My first encounter with the art work, located  in a passage from Herrengasse towards the Sterirische Landhaushof about a month ago, made me pose the question towards the art work, What does the art work lack, was my counter-question to the question posed on the art work, that translates the German phrase into: “There are as well mirrors, that show what you are lacking.” The exact German phrase is: “Es gibt auch Spiegel, in denen man erkennen kann was einem fehlt.”
Upon my first encounter with the installation in the Landhaushof Passage it lacked depths and colour-proofing, as the writing did not spread towards the entire screen. The next day the guard lacked “health” as he turned up at work sick and had to go home. The art work was fine-tuned soon later as the technicians arrived and adjusted the depths to 5 pixle evenly spread as to appear three-dimensional. At that point in time, a few people engaged with the work into a discussion, after a week or two I felt the need of better adjusting of my spectacles and also my sunglasses needed optical lenses.
I started a co-operation with Optik Fauland, who is my optrician since almost 30 years. We chose Zeiss glasses for my Chanel Sunglasses with plastic glass for security purposes. This smaller scale project was bringing me down to earth after working for two or three weeks on adjusting the work.
My answer to the question posed by Michael Schuster’s art work was: “Time to think in order to develope visionary works.” which also relates to the sculpture in the Landhaushof according to greek mythology a half-god, half-human Faun, who according to the art work’s title is visionary and gazes directly into the direction into the centre of Schuster’s work. Be it accidentally or by precise calculation the result is perfection.
“Faun with Vision”, 2010 by Martin Karlik
Visible in the mirrored image of Michael Schuster’s artwork

“Mirror”, Landhaushof, Copyright: May 2015

“The Mirror shows what you’re lacking”, 2015 by Michael Schuster
 Artist: Michael Schuster
Measurements: 5,5 x 2,5 meter
Location: Landhaushof, Passage
Steirischer Landtag
Documentation: Daniela Haberz, M.A.; May 2015

Ausstellung Christian Jungwirth im LKH Süd

Der Fotograf Christian Jungwirth präsentiert seine Werke im LKH Süd im Rahmen einer Kooperation mit dem Atelier Jungwirth.

Die kuratorische Installation, ist am Besten von der gegenüberliegenden Gangseite zu erkennen, da ein großes, durch die Beleuchtung, fast sakral wirkendes, Gemälde an der Kopfseite der Galerie im LKH Süd Portiersgebäude, zu sehen ist.

Das beste Bild mit den schlüssigsten kunsthistorischen Referenzen ist “Julia 2”, aus dem Jahr 2009, das den Übergang zum realen Raum durch den Haarriss perfekt inszeniert.

Der Sprung im Boden, scheint zusätzlich die Duchampsche Vorgabe: “Let’s work with what we find” zu unterstreichen. Marcel Duchamps zu Harald Szeemann betreffend einer Ausstellungsraumanforderungen in der Schweiz.

Auch Jungwirth hat sich in seiner Ausstellung mit den Räumlichen Begebenheiten vor Ort auseinandergesetzt.

Die Architektur des LKH Gebäudes sowie die Werke Christian Jungwirth’s treten somit in einen Dialog, der vom zerbrechlichen Zustand der Psyche berichtet, jedoch zugleich die robuste Stehaufmännchen Mentalität unterstreicht, dass man sich nicht so leicht unterkriegen lasst, wie allgemein gedacht.

Die Referenz an Doris Salcedo und ihr Unilever, heute USB Projekt in der Tate Modern in London ist naheliegend. Der Krater wird hier im LKH Süd jedoch nicht mit Lavaoder heißer Glut erweitert, man wähnt sich in Sicherheit. Bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass dies keine trügerische Ruhe vor dem Sturm ist.

Bildtitel: “Julia 2”, 2009

Kontakt:

Atelier Jungwirt

Opernring 12, 8010 Graz

Tel: +43 (0) 316 815 505

Web: http://www.christianjungwirth.com